Title: Jennifer, Gwyneth, and Me
Author: Rachel Bertsche
Source: from publisher via NetGalley
Review Summary: Even though I’m not the biggest fan of non-author celebrities, I enjoyed following Rachel on another self-help adventure with lots of fun stories and great advice.
Since starting working at home, Rachel hasn’t felt very pulled together. In order to motivate herself to exercise more, eat right, and dress better, she decides to emulate her favorite celebrities in hopes of achieving their air of having it all together. Trying the meals, exercises, and other lifestyle changes the stars swears by, she finds that the ones which truly improve her life often surprise her.
I was a little hesitant to pick up a book about celebrities, since authors are the only celebrities I get excited about. However, I enjoyed Rachel Bertsche’s MWF Seeking BFF enough to just trust her on this one. I’m glad I did, since the book turned out to be very relatable. Rachel’s desire to be more pulled together focuses a lot on working well despite having an unscheduled job and working at home. As a grad student, I completely get that and suspect that many authors and professional bloggers will relate too. And even those of us who don’t follow celebrity culture have probably still wished to look like them, dress like them, or live like them at one point or another.
A lot of the advice Rachel pulls from celebrity lifestyles is fairly obvious, but I can see why she might find the context motivational. She also does a good job converting vague, obvious advice (eat well, dress nicely), into specific tips, many of which she even pulls together at the back of the book. She rounds out the trifecta of self-help awesome by adding funny stories and fascinating research to this actionable advice. Her personal stories include her and her husband’s attempt to have a baby, as well as her selfhelp quest. Despite having read about A. J. Jacobs similar experience in The Know-It-All, I liked that Rachel shared that much of her personal life. I think the true strength of her books is how relatable she is, achieving the we-could-be-friends vibe she admires about Jennifer Aniston, which she definitely did here.